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Jamaican Jerk Chicken

Jamaican Jerk Chicken
mama K
Written by Mama K

Sticky, tangy, chicken. Who needs anything else? Jamaican Jerk Chicken is so easy to prepare with a marinade made in advance. Leaving it to absorb into the chicken overnight means when it comes to cooking, the flavour is immense. I add a Habanero chili for the Jamaican kick but you can use a milder chili if you want. Served as a main dish, side dish or as a snack, they all work.

Jamaican Jerk Chicken

Jamaican Jerk Chicken

Spicy kick of the famous Jamaican Jerk Chicken. This is gorgeous.
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Caribean
Keyword: Chicken, Marinade, Spice, Vegetables
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Marinade: 12 hours
Total Time: 12 hours 45 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 378kcal



  • Combine the ingredients for the jerk seasoning in an electric blender or food processor and process until smooth.
  • Rub the mixture over the chicken pieces and refrigerate covered for 12 hours or overnight.
  • Grill skin side up over indirect heat until the juices run clear, 30 to 40 minutes.
  • Turn and place the pieces skin side down directly over hot coals for 5 minutes to crisp the skin.


Sticky, tangy, chicken. Who needs anything else!!


Sodium: 275mg | Sugar: 1g | Fiber: 1g | Potassium: 83mg | Cholesterol: 162mg | Calories: 378kcal | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Fat: 13g | Protein: 60g | Carbohydrates: 7g